The following is the opening from my column in today’s Waterloo Region Record. You can find the full article here.
“Schooling for on-reserve students in Ontario is at its best inadequate and at its worst a tragedy.
Many First Nations schools lack science labs, libraries, or computers. Sometimes there isn’t a school at all. By now most have heard of the housing crisis in Attawapiskat, but fewer have heard about that Northern Ontario community’s long struggle for an elementary school.
A decades-long fuel leak under the elementary school went unattended to until the school was finally condemned in 2000. Some temporary portables were put up — temporary until a new school was built. A dozen years later, students are still in these cramped and shoddy portables, campaigning passionately for what most Canadian kids take for granted — a school.”